Could the tragic loss of this young man have been prevented and are justice and compensation available to Mr. Bolden’s family?
Security measures are under scrutiny after 18-year-old Darian Bolden was shot and killed “at the Peninsula Apartments in the 4800 block of West Fuqua Street” Tuesday night, October 23, 2018, according to The Houston Chronicle.
Witnesses told ABC 13 they heard “more than 12 shots fired” during “an exchange of gunfire between different people.” Responding officers discovered the teenage victim suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot. Mr. Bolden was transported to Texas Children’s Hospital, where he tragically succumbed to fatal injuries.
Our Legal Take
Apartment residents and guests have a right to feel safe and secure while on the premises. The Murray Law Firm questions the level of security provided on the property and whether this tragedy may have been prevented.
- Have there been prior incidents of violence on or near property? What security measures, such as gated-entry, fencing, bright lighting, surveillance cameras, and visible security patrols, were in place to deter crime and protect Darian Bolden at the time of the shooting?
Generally, property owners are required to protect all those legally on the premises from any foreseeable harm. Should the facts of this matter reveal that the property owner or management failed to provide adequate security to protect those on its premises, Darian Bolden’s family may seek justice and elect to pursue legal claims for his wrongful death.
Based upon its prior successful experience in handling security negligence claims on behalf of victims and their families, The Murray Law Firm suggests that photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the property will need to be performed immediately, before any evidence may be repaired, damaged or destroyed. Given the complexities of pursuing a negligent security case, it is imperative that the victim’s family retain an experienced attorney who can ensure the preservation of any and all evidence that may support such a claim.
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